Bobcat Thinclads Split With Warriors (04/25/19)

(Submitted photo: Noah Schill running relay leg against Warriors)

The Clarion Area Track and Field Teams hosted the Moniteau Warriors on Wednesday (April 24th), and came away with a split. The Lady Cats won 78-72, while the Bobcat Boys fell to the visitors 92-58.

Coach Pennington shared this summary:

I am so proud of the girls working together to win today and the support they showed their teammates while the field events were finishing up as they knew the results were in limbo. They showed true heart and camaraderie through the meet.

Evelyn Lerch ran to take easy wins in the 400 (1:07.8) and 200 (28.4) and was part of the 4X800 (11:33.6) and anchored the 4X400 relay (4:40.2). Bella Scott ran an awesome time, winning the 1600, with a season’s best 6:11 and also won the 3200 (13:43.6) and ran a leg of the 4X800. Phylicia Hockman won the 800 (2:57.8) and added to both the 4X800 and 4X400 relays with teammate Gabriella Fleming.

Wendy Beveridge is our versatile athlete, a true competitor on the track and in the field shown today by her winning the 100 (13.3), long jump (16′-0″) and triple jump (33′-11″) and running a leg of the 4X400. Rebekah Ketner brought in wins for the shot put (30′-5″) and  discus (68′-7″) with teammate Paola Lopez adding thirds in those events.

Laken Lewis had a great victory over strong competitor Grossman in the pole vault (11′-0″) and added a first in the high jump (5′-2″) and seconds in the long jump and triple jump.

The boys were neck and neck on the track and passionate about their events, but unfortunately we couldn’t stack up to Moniteau’s performance in the field events.

We were only able to take one win in the field by Gavin Brinkley with a long jump of 19′-9.5″; (He also took seconds in the triple jump and high jump). Gavin had a solid performance again today and is pulling his teammate Beau Verdill (thirds in the long jump and triple jump) along with him:  as Gavin improves so does Beau.

Gavin also had a personal best in the 100 (12.1) taking first. Clay McElravy qualified for districts in shot put with a throw of 42′-4″ and Nate Kaltenbach, also saw a personal bests 113′-11″ in discus.

On the track, we saw Nathaniel Lerch continue to run his races as he knows he can to bring in wins in the 1600 (5:18.2) and 3200 (13:43.6). Our distance team is quite deep and we had several boys chip in: Gavin Hoover in the 1600 (third), Jacob Smith in the 3200 and Dan Ketner in the 800 (second). Noah Schill took first in the 800 (2:12.9) and Nick Schill second in the 400.

It was sweet to see our rookie hurdler Cody Hofius take third in the 110 and 300 hurdles today. 

Though we didn’t win the 4X400 relay, the competition pushed the team to qualify for districts with a time of 3:44.5, runners were Nick and Noah Schill, Donny Cunningham and Josh Mitchell.

Josh Mitchell also took second in the 200 with a personal best and Donny Cunningham third in the 400.

This squad is looking to drop times at the Mars Invitational, on Friday (April 26th) and to celebrate after at Chick-fil-A.

(Thanks to Coach Pennington for this summary and Clarion Area Track and Field for the photo. Have a great Mars Invite, Cats!!!!)